A 17-year-old boy has been charged with crashing a carjacked vehicle in Hyattsville, Maryland, before attempting to carjack two more cars and shooting their drivers.
According to City of Hyattsville police, an initial investigation showed that a teenage boy crashed a stolen vehicle in the 3900 block of Hamilton Street before attempting to steal another vehicle in the parking lot at Driskell Park on June 3.
The driver in the attempted carjacking in Driskell Park was shot and severely injured. Authorities said the driver remains in the hospital in stable condition.
The teenager fled from the parking lot and attempted a third carjacking on 36th Avenue and Farragut Street. However, in a struggle with the driver of the vehicle and their passenger, the teen and the two victims were shot.
All three were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
The teenager, who has not been identified, will be charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, reckless endangerment and other weapons-related charges.
Maryland-National Capital Park Police Prince George’s County Division is also pursuing charges in the incident at Driskell Park.
The injured victim of the third carjacking and their companion have been released from the hospital. The City of Hyattsville recognized the pair for their “heroic actions” in stopping additional violence by subduing the teenager until officers arrived.
“Both community members, the victim of the carjacking and shooting and his friend, put their lives at risk in an effort to stop additional violence from taking place,” the statement read.
“Because of their actions, police were able to quickly take the suspect into custody when they arrived, and lives may have been saved.”